November 30, 2011
By Jonathan Benson
“Psychiatric drugs do NOT help. In the long run, they make things much worse. Just ask Dr. Peter Breggin – a psychiatrist with more than 40 years of experience. He is convinced drugs are never the answer.
Prescription drug addiction is a very serious problem in the US, and is typified in part by the more than 20 percent of American adults that are now hooked on pharmaceuticals for conditions like anxiety and depression. A new study conducted by Medco Health Solutions Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, has found that one in five adults — and one in four women — now regularly takes at least one drug for psychiatric or behavioral disorders.
The findings, which are based on data compiled of 2.5 million patients, found that the use of behavioral drugs among adults has skyrocketed by 22 percent since 2001. The majority of adults taking behavioral drugs are still women aged 45 years or older, but many men are now taking them as well — and based on current trends, such drug use in general is expected to continue to increase.
It used to be that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs like Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall were prescribed primarily to young children. But now middle-aged adults are apparently a primary target as well, as the use of both ADHD and antipsychotic drugs among 20- to 44-year-olds has more than tripled within the past decade.
More women than men currently take drugs for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which include Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Abilify. But the use of these drugs among men has risen fourfold within the past ten years. On the flip side, prescriptions for ADHD drugs, which have typically been more popular among males, have risen by 250 percent among females since 2001.
November 30, 2011
Off The Grid News
“Most women probably don’t want to hear this, but long ago, everyone had natural childbirth. If they could do it back then, why can’t we do it now? Let’s not blame anyone though for not wanting to go through the pain. But if you can go the natural route, it’s the way to do it.” –KTRN
Childbirth is a natural process; it goes on every day without the intervention of modern medicine. Before there were trained doctors to deliver babies, and even after, midwifes and other mothers would meet together when one of their community went into labor. Woman down through the ages would gather together in the birthing room and care for the laboring mother. They surrounded the bed, taking turns wiping her brow and speaking soothing and comforting words. And there they stayed until the babe was delivered, cleaned, and suckling his mother’s breast for the very first time. When doctors came along, these supporting women would still be on the scene to comfort and encourage the laboring mothers. It makes sense that the the word for these women, “doula,” means “women’s servant.”
Since times have become more modern, “trained” medical staff – nurses and technicians—have replaced our first labor and birthing comforters for the most part. But times are starting to revert, in part, to our roots. Midwifes and doulas are becoming more popular in home births, and even in the hospitals and freestanding birthing centers. They have brought the laboring mothers a higher level of comfort and confidence, which in turn reduces the need for interventions in labor and delivery.
Studies have shown that in low-risk births where a doula is present, the need for caesarian delivery is greatly reduced. The use of epidural anesthesia was also reduced. The statistics noted here are from just one research group. Other studies have noted a lower need for Pitocin to induce or speed up labor progress, plus a lower need for episiotomies, forceps deliveries, and other medical interventions during labor and delivery.
November 30, 2011
By Anthony Gucciardi
“Vitamin D3 is a miracle vitamin. Everyone should be taking is daily. Plus, it’s super cheap. If you buy it in the liquid serum variety, one drop is 2000 IUs. A bottle will last you more than 6 months for around $20. It’s a no brainier.” –KTRN
Vitamin D3, even when taken in low daily dosages, has been found to slash your risk of developing the flu by 42%. If optimal ranges of vitamin D intake were utilized, the percentage would most likely climb much higher.
While conducting the study, Mitsuyoshi Urashima and colleagues at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo administered only 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily to study participants. The researchers examined 430 children between the ages of 6 and 15 between December 2008 and March 2009. Half of the participants received vitamin D3 and the other half received a placebo.
Simply Taking Vitamin D3 Helps Tackle All Serious Flu Epidemics
At a dosage of 1,200 IUs per day, 334 of the children fully completed the study. In order to diagnose the presence of influenza Types A and B, researchers used nose and throat swabs on both groups. What they found was that only 18 of the children taking vitamin D3 were infected with influenza Type A, while the number rose to 31 in the placebo group.
The difference between the two groups regarding infection rates indicates a 42% decreased risk of developing the flu simply by taking vitamin D3. Interestingly, Type A influenza includes all serious flu epidemics, including seasonal flus and even the swine flu.
So if 1,200 IUs per day is low, what is the optimal daily dosage of vitamin D?
Amazingly, the children in the study are actually taking 1,300 IUs less than what is recommended to children by Canada’s Public Health Agency. According to the organization, children between the ages of 5 and 10 should be taking 2,500 IUs per day. In addition, the guidelines state that adults should be taking 5,000 IUs daily. Therefore, 1,200 IUs is not even adequate for young children.
November 30, 2011
By Robert Preidt
“Nobody said eating low calorie is easy – but it works. If you really want to lose weight, try the HCG diet. Or exercise your butt off and eat five small meals a day. Remember, you must burn more calories than you take in or you will never lose weight. Get moving. It’s fun.” –KTRN
Researchers measured body-mass index (BMI) and used MRI to analyze heart function and pericardial fat in 15 obese people (seven men and eight women) with type 2 diabetes before and four months after they started consuming a 500-calorie-per-day diet.
Their diabetes improved immediately after cutting calories, according to the study.
Four months after the participants began the low-calorie diet, average BMI fell from 35.3 to 27.5 (statistical obesity begins at a BMI of 30), and pericardial fat decreased from 39 milliliters (ml) to 31 ml.
A key measure of diastolic heart function fell to healthier levels, as well, the study found. Diastolic heart function involves that period of the heart beat when the ventricles are filling up with blood. Poor diastolic heart function can lead to congestive heart failure.
After another 14 months of follow-up when the participants ate a regular diet, average BMI increased to 31.7, but pericardial fat only rose slightly to 32 ml and E/A ratio was 1.06.
The study was to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
November 29, 2011
By Ethan A. Huff
At its recent board meeting in Bangladesh, the GAVI Alliance, formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, announced plans to bring the deadly human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil (Merck & Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) into the third world. A pro-vaccination group backed by the World Bank, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the vaccine industry, GAVI’s stated goal is to vaccinate 240 million children by 2015.
As many as two million women and girls in nine unidentified developing countries could soon receive one of the two HPV vaccines, even though HPV is potentially linked to only one percent, of all cervical cancers, according to some reports (http://washingtonexaminer.com/node/…). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has stated that “HPV is not associated with cervical cancer” at all (http://www.naturalnews.com/022404.html).
And yet the vaccine industry through its various “nonprofit” and government partnership continues to push the deadly vaccine on young girls, women, and now even young boys around the world, despite the fact that it does not work and can cause horrific side effects. According to the latest figures released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gardasil alone has caused more than 20,000 adverse events and 71 known deaths since it was first unveiled (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/va…).
These figures are actually higher when taking into account the 26 additional deaths concealed in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents that were recently exposed by Judicial Watch, a public watchdog group (http://www.infowars.com/uncovered-f…). SaneVax, a vaccine group that tracks HPV vaccine cases, says there have actually been more than 23,300 adverse events and 103 deaths caused by HPV vaccines, to date (http://sanevax.org/).
November 29, 2011
By Mike Barrett
“Antibiotics are helping you gain weight. Probiotics will help you lose it. Make sense?” –KTRN
There is no doubt that the Western diet holds most of the weight regarding the escalating obesity epidemic we are facing today.
Ingesting overly large portions of foods containing fat-promoting ingredients coupled with an inactive lifestyle is the perfect recipe for a gigantic disaster.
While these obesity contributors are widely known, there are actually some other very surprising factors to consider when analyzing the reason for the nation’s continued growth.
Antibiotics Could be to Blame for Excess Weight
As surprising as it may seem, antibiotics have actually be pinpointed as being a promoter for obesity as well as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. While antibiotics succeed in destroying bad bacteria, which is their intended use, they also destroy good bacteria in the gut known as friendly flora.
This lack of bacterial discrimination leads to a shortage in friendly gut bacteria which are responsible for regulating overall health, including weight management.
November 29, 2011
Fox News Latino
By Fox News
“Loosing weight is easy. I should know. I’m close to 90 pounds lighter than I used to be. How did I do it? I ate healthy and I exercised. Does it take will power and determination? You bet! But is it rocket science? Far from it.” –Chris David KTRN
Americans are getting fatter and accepting their fatness in record numbers, according to a new poll.
Compared with 1990, Americans on average are 20 pounds (nine kilograms) heavier now and even put their “ideal weight” about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) heavier than before, the Gallup survey of 1,012 adults found.
Men reported an average weight of 196 pounds (89 kilograms), compared with 180 pounds (82 kilograms) in 1990, and an ideal weight of 181 pounds (82 kilograms), compared with 171 pounds (78 kilograms) two decades ago.
Likewise, women reported an average weight of 160 pounds (73 kilograms), compared with 142 pounds (64 kilograms) in 1990, and an ideal weight of 138 pounds (63 kilograms), when it used to be 129 pounds (59 kilograms).
November 29, 2011
The State Column
By The State Column
“Why would anyone take pharmaceutical drugs? They do much more harm than good. Unless you are in a crisis situation, avoid them at all costs. Healthy people do NOT take prescription and non-prescription drugs.” –KTRN
A study released this week finds that four drugs are mainly responsible for most of the emergency room visits in the U.S.
The study, by researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, singles out four drugs and drug classes — warfarin, oral antiplatelet medications, insulins, and oral hypoglycemic agents. The study also noted that better management of antithrombotic and anti-diabetic drugs could help avoid thousands of emergency admissions.
The study, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlights a couple of key issues doctors and patients need to be acutely aware of. The first is adverse reactions to medication, and the second is unintentional overdoses.
According to researchers, nearly 100,000 hospitalizations every year are linked to adverse drug events such as allergic reactions and unintentional overdoses. Nearly half, or 48.1 percent, of those hospitalized were adults 80 years old or older.
November 29, 2011
By Michelle Roberts
Scientists are questioning if using wi-fi on a laptop to roam the internet could harm a man’s fertility, after lab work suggested ejaculated sperm were significantly damaged after only four hours of exposure.
The benchside tests showed sperm were less able to swim and had changes in the genetic code that they carry.
Experts stress this does not mean the same would occur in a real-life setting and say men should not worry unduly.
But they are recommending more studies.
The preliminary research, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at semen samples from 29 healthy donors.
Each donor sample was separated out into two pots. One of these pots was then stored for four hours next to a laptop that was wirelessly connected to the internet. The other was stored under identical conditions, minus the laptop.
The scientists, from Argentina and the US, suspect that the effect seen is unrelated to the heat kicked out by a laptop, although heat can damage sperm.
November 29, 2011
By KARABO MAHLAKA
“UFOs are a hot topic everywhere. Even in Africa.” –KTRN
Academics and amateurs gathered at the first UFO Science and Consciousness conference in South Africa, at the Linder Auditorium –Wits education centre yesterday.
Scheduled discussions at the conference, which runs from November 25-27 includes; the origins of humankind, outlays in the universe, the infinite number of human beings, the creation of the universe, divine creation of the force and God, physics and controversial topics of unidentified flying objects (UFOs)
“Extra terrestrial objects (advanced beings) in the form of UFOs, technologies, machines, are sometimes visible and flying, and do exist .” Michael Tellinger, coordinator of the conference said
“Just because we cannot see it, does not mean unidentified flying objects do not exist”
The science and consciousness conference houses keynote speakers from around the world who have dedicated years of research and evidence in theology, physics and astrology.
“South Africa has been dubbed as the cradle of human kind and the place where all life form began, thus the reason SA was selected as the host for the UFO science and consciousness conference.”
We have scientific evidence that there was physical life before humans which were African knowledge keepers and custodians of secret knowledge” added Tellinger.